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2017 NFL Mock Draft by Draft Engineers

Texas A&M pass rusher Myles Garrett was named the most freakish player in 2016 by NFL.com

Cleveland Browns need Myles Garrett

  1. Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett; Edge; Texas A&M

Myles Garrett is the best player in the draft and he plays a premium position. The Cleveland Browns need all the talent they can get and there really aren’t any great quarterbacks in this class. The 2017 draft could be a turning point for the Browns and for that to happen they need talent, not an overrated quarterback.

  1. San Francisco 49ers: Mitch Trubisky; Quarterback; North Carolina

I’ve said it once and I will say it again: I don’t like Mitch Trubisky. I think the quarterback class is awful this year but that won’t stop teams from taking them with high picks. The 49ers like the Browns need talent. With Kyle Shanahan being an offensive coach I don’t see them making a good move here. No offensive player is worth the number 2 pick besides Leonard Fournette.

  1. Chicago Bears: Jonathan Allen; Defensive Tackle; Alabama

Chicago makes a very good move in the draft and gets a stud interior lineman. Jonathan Allen is my second rated player and is a close first along with Garrett and Reuben Foster. The Bears need to help out Eddie Goldman and Leonard Floyd and by getting Allen they upgrade their defensive line.

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jamal Adams; Strong Safety; Louisiana State

Jamal Adams is the best safety in this class. He has it all at the safety position. He can tackle, hit, and cover from the strong safety position. He will instantly upgrade the Jaguars defense and will help Jalen Ramsey in the secondary. With a defensive core consisting of Ramsey, Telvin Smith, Myles Jack, Yannick Ngakoue, and Dante Fowler Jr., Adams will be another piece.

  1. Arizona Cardinals(Trade 2 first, 2 seconds and a third): Deshone Kizer; Quarterback; Notre Dame

The Arizona Cardinals didn’t know who their starting quarterback was going to be a month ago. Carson Palmer is almost done so Bruce Arians needs to find a replacement soon. This causes the Cardinals to trade up and select another overrated quarterback. Experts think Deshone Kizer has the most potential because of his size.

  1. New York Jets: Deshaun Watson; Quarterback; Clemson

In one of the worst quarterback classes in recent memory, 3 of them are chosen in the top 10. This just shows how badly teams need quarterbacks this year. The Jets saw the decline of Ryan Fitzpatrick, Geno Smith back to his old self, and Bryce Petty stink up their stadium. It’s time to draft a quarterback and they settle for Deshaun Watson.

  1. Los Angeles Chargers: Malik Hooker; Free Safety; Ohio State

The Chargers are trying build a great defense. Last year’s first round pick, Joey Bosa, turned out to be a stud even after a contract dispute. Now the Chargers need to find a ball hawk in the secondary and they get it with Malik Hooker. Hooker has injury concerns but will fit into the Chargers secondary with Casey Hayward and Jason Verrett.

  1. Carolina Panthers: Leonard Fournette; Running Back; Louisiana State

The Panthers need to help Cam Newton bad. The offensive line is horrible and Jonathan Stewart is one of the more overrated players in football. Getting Leonard Fournette isn’t as important as getting an offensive lineman but the Panthers make the splash and draft a running back.

  1. Cincinnati Bengals: Reuben Foster; Inside Linebacker; Alabama

The Bengals get the number 3 player on my board. Reuben Foster can do it all from the linebacker position. He can cover, run-stop, rush the passer. Some teams have a perfect grade on Foster and the Bengals need a linebacker with aging players like Rey Maualuga and troublemaker Vontaze Burfict.

  1. Buffalo Bills: Marshon Lattimore; Cornerback; Ohio State

With Stephon Gilmore hitting free agency, the Bills need cornerback help. Marshon Lattimore isn’t my top graded corner but the top corners are so close it doesn’t really matter. Lattimore can be a ball hawk at the corner position for the Bills and can help their pass defense.

  1. New Orleans Saints: Solomon Thomas; Edge; Stanford

The Saints need a lot of defensive help and will be excited if Solomon Thomas falls this far. Thomas is supposed to kill at the combine and will give the Saints a pass-rusher opposite of Cameron Jordan. Thomas has good speed and strength and will help the defensive front for New Orleans.

  1. Cleveland Browns: Teez Tabor; Cornerback; Florida

The 2 worst things for Cleveland to do with this pick are select a quarterback or trade for Jimmy Garoppolo. The Browns get my top rated corner with Jalen “Teez” Tabor. Tabor can take the pressure off of Joe Haden and probably take his spot as the Browns

  1. Tennessee Titans: Mike Williams; Wide Receiver; Clemson

The Titans trade back and still get the player they want. They need to find a number one for Marcus Mariota and Mike Williams has the size and agility to become that player. Williams will instantly upgrade the Titans’ wide receiver group and give Mariota a first option.

  1. Philadelphia Eagles: Dalvin Cook; Running Back; Florida State

Both of the players Philadelphia needed are gone. Williams and Tabor are at positions of need and are taken with both picks before them. They take Dalvin Cook who will fit perfectly in Doug Peterson’s scheme. His only problem is his fumble rate.

  1. Indianapolis Colts: Garett Bolles; Offensive Tackle; Utah

The Colts are still working on protecting Andrew Luck. Ryan Kelly looked good his first year but that is not going to be enough. Garett Bolles is the best tackle in this class and will give Luck blindside protection. The major problem with Bolles is his age but the Colts should overlook that to get the best tackle in the class.

  1. Baltimore Ravens: Quincey Wilson; Cornerback; Florida

Another stud cornerback from Florida comes off the board. The Ravens helped revive Eric Weddle’s career and can now help him more by drafting one of the top corners in the class. Quincey Wilson paired with Tabor to make the best corner duo in college football.

  1. Washington Redskins: Malik McDowell; Defensive Tackle; Michigan State

The Redskins need interior help on the defensive line and they get it with Malik McDowell. McDowell has concerns about his motor but the Redskins should be able to coach him up. If he is at his best, the Redskins get an amazing interior pass rusher.

  1. Tennessee Titans: Sidney Jones; Cornerback; Washington

The Titans have 2 major needs going into the offseason, cornerback and wide receiver. They get both of those in this mock plus some added picks. Sidney Jones is the most underrated corner in this draft. There are concerns about his size but his coverage ability is off the chain.

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Corey Davis; Wide Receiver; Western Michigan

The Buccaneers need a second option by Mike Evans and get one with Corey Davis. Even though Davis went to a small school, he might be the best receiver in the class. Davis has the speed and size and he wins jump balls.

  1. Denver Broncos: O.J. Howard; Tight End; Alabama

The Broncos need a tight end and get the best one in a loaded class. O.J. Howard can block and catch the ball well. He will give Trevor Siemian or Paxton Lynch a reliable target. He will also help their running game by giving them a reliable blocker.

  1. Detroit Lions: Taco Charlton; Edge; Michigan

Lately Taco Charlton has been rising up mocks and might be in this position come draft time. The Detroit Lions need an edge rusher opposite of Ziggy Ansah and get a decent one. His power will help off the edge for the Lions.

  1. Miami Dolphins: Derek Barnett; Edge; Tennessee

After releasing Mario Williams, the Dolphins need a new edge rusher opposite of Cameron Wake. Derek Barnett may have some issues producing at the next level which is why he falls this far. Barnett could be the best edge in the class if he learns how to use pass rushing moves more.

  1. New York Giants: David Njoku; Tight End; Miami(Fla.)

David Njoku has been skyrocketing up big boards and the Giants have a need at tight end. The Giants are set at their number 1 and 2 receiver and after last year’s spending spree their defense is pretty decent. Njoku has great athleticism for the tight end position and will make Eli Manning very mad.

  1. Oakland Raiders: Jabrill Peppers; Safety/Linebacker; Michigan

The Oakland Raiders have 2 major needs this offseason, linebacker and secondary players. If Jabrill Peppers can live up to his potential, he can be the player the Raiders need. If he can play both those positions and be a kick returner he will help the Raiders become serious Super Bowl contenders.

  1. Houston Texans: Patrick Mahomes; Quarterback; Texas Tech

Brock Osweiler sucks. The Houston Texans made one of the worst free agency signings in NFL history when they paid him $72,000,000. The Texans need to right that wrong and draft a quarterback to groom and take his spot. Patrick Mahomes needs a bit of work on his technique but he is the best quarterback in this class.

  1. Seattle Seahawks: Ryan Ramczyk; Offensive Tackle; Wisconsin

The Seahawks need offensive lineman. No matter how they get them, the draft, free agency, trades, do whatever it takes to build a better line. The Seahawks use their first round pick on an offensive tackle in the first round. Ramczyk will step in and be the Seahawks’ left tackle for the next decade.

  1. Kansas City Chiefs: Marlon Humphrey; Cornerback; Alabama

Marcus Peters might be the best cornerback in the NFL. The problem is that he has no other good cornerbacks to help him and Eric Berry might not be with the team come free agency. The Chiefs need to use this pick on a corner to help him out and the best available is Marlon Humphrey.

  1. Dallas Cowboys: Haason Reddick; Edge; Temple

The Dallas Cowboys need a good defense if they want to win in the playoffs. With Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott in place they need to use their first couple picks on defense. They select Haason Reddick with their first pick and get an absolute steal. Reddick is my favorite player in this class because of his ability to pass rush and cover.

  1. Green Bay Packers: Gareon Conley; Cornerback; Ohio State

The Green Bay Packers need a defense to help Aaron Rodgers. The Packer select Gareon Conley to help their horrible secondary. Conley should come in and become the number one corner for the Packers. With Sam Shields gone, they need to help in the secondary more than ever.

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers: Takkarist McKinley; Edge; Central Los Angeles

With James Harrison on his last legs and Bud Dupree not working out the way the Steelers have hoped, they select an edge rusher in round one. Tak McKinley will be a great edge rusher from day one but the Steelers will have to teach him how to run stop.

  1. Atlanta Falcons: Zach Cunningham; Outside Linebacker; Vanderbilt

After a heartbreaking Super Bowl loss, the Falcons need to regroup and add on to their defense. Zach Cunningham will come next to Deion Jones and should create a good linebacking duo. Cunningham should step in day one and be a difference maker for the Falcons.

  1. New England Patriots: Tim Williams; Edge; Alabama

New England uses the final pick of the first round to select Tim Williams. Williams only falls this far because of the off the field issues. If New England can help Williams stop his problems then they will get one of the best players in the class.

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